Job cuts may hit Blenheim staff
KiwiRail expects to make an announcement next week about potential job losses from its rail track work section, potentially affecting staff in Blenheim, a spokeswoman said.
The state-owned enterprise announced last month that its infrastructure and engineering (I&E) division was reassessing its operations and budgets, and planned expenditure of $950 million would be reduced by $200m during the next three years.
Proposed measures include a cut of between 170 and 220 staff from the 1000 track work division staff numbers around the country.
About 10 of the division's staff work out of a depot in Blenheim. KiwiRail staff in Picton and Kaikoura work in other areas, such as freight and the Interislander, and will not be affected by the staff cuts.
Division responsibilities include upgrades, track maintenance, rail traffic movement, major infrastructure projects, and design, installation and maintenance.
A spokeswoman said yesterday that decisions on where jobs would be lost would be announced next week.
Infrastructure and engineering general manager Rick van Barneveld said while the division has made solid progress during the past couple of years upgrading the national and metropolitan rail networks, they were operating in tough trading conditions compounded by the Christchurch earthquakes.
"Reducing our network spend over the next three years helps to bring our investment curve back behind our earnings growth.
"Making these changes to our original plan will help ensure KiwiRail remains on target to achieve financial sustainability by 2020."
- The Marlborough Express